La Vérif: what is the impact of the tax on gasoline vehicles proposed by QS? | Elections Quebec 2022

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La Vérif  : what is the impact of the tax on gasoline vehicles proposed by QS? | ÉQuebec 2022 elections

Québec solidaire wants to impose a 15% purchase tax on vehicles whose polluting emissions are deemed too high.

As part of its climate plan, Québec solidaire (QS) wants to impose a 15% purchase tax on new vehicles whose polluting emissions are considered too high. François Legault denounces this measure which would harm the middle class, according to him. But does he exaggerate its scope?

He first attacked the measure proposed by QS during the first leaders' debate held Thursday evening on TVA, before returning to the charge on Friday.

If we don't rally the population behind our green plan, we're going nowhere. If we start saying: Toyota Camrys and family vans, we will put thousands of dollars in taxes… It's not the time now when we see inflation, said François Legault.

For his part, the co-spokesperson for QS, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, believes that the CAQ leader has missed the target. He said Toyota Camry, then he was wrong. He played with the truth, because the overwhelming majority of the famous Toyota Camrys, they will not even be affected by the measure of Quebec solidaire.

Indeed, four of the six Toyota Camry models would escape the Québec solidaire tax, because they emit less than 210 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, the limit established by the political party as part of its commitment.

According to the federal government's Fuel Consumption Guide, the two Toyota Camry models that would be taxed are those with a six-cylinder engine.

One of them has a base price of around $37,000. With the 15% QS tax, you would have to add around $5600. If we add the GST, QST and other applicable fees, the total price of the vehicle would reach more than $51,000.

The vast majority of vans, pick-ups and sport utility vehicles would be subject to the tax, since they pollute above the threshold set by QS.

This would be the case by example of the Ford F-series pickup trucks, the best-selling vehicle in Quebec last year, according to a list compiled by AutoMedia. Of the top 10 selling vehicles in the province, the GMC Sierra, RAM and Chevrolet Silverado would also be taxed.

On the other hand, other vehicles included in this classification, such as the Toyota Rav4, the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue, would all be exempted, because their pollutant emissions are below the mentioned limit.

Québec solidaire also indicates that tax exemptions would be granted to families with three or more children, as well as to vehicles used for commercial purposes and by workers, such as pickup trucks for farmers.

The political formation also promises to reward those who buy hybrid and electric vehicles, by granting subsidies for the purchase, corresponding respectively to 7.5% and 15% of the selling price. As for non-rechargeable hybrid vehicles that emit more than 210 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, they would be exempt from the tax.

While Quebec must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by greenhouse in the transport sector to achieve its climate targets, its vehicle fleet continues to grow. More than 627,000 cars and light trucks were added to the province's roads between 2010 and 2020, an increase of 15%.

In 2021, just over 5% of some 1.6 million new vehicles registered in Canada were zero-emission vehicles, which notably includes electric or hybrid vehicles. Of all the provinces, Quebec leads in this category, with 42% of the total.

With the collaboration of Nathalie Lemieux

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